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Episode 31: Facing and Conquering Change When Life Feels Overwhelming with Karen Palmer (8/19/20)

Professional coach, consultant and former television producer, Karen Palmer, explores change and how our mindset plays a role while sharing inspiring words of wisdom of hope for a better tomorrow. Ms. Palmer is also a parent of children with food allergies.


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Karen Palmer
Certified Professional Coach
Brooklyn, NY

Karen Palmer is a certified professional coach and consultant who supports leaders who want to increase their capacity to motivate and inspire their teams. Her coaching practice serves clients in education, nonprofit, journalism, business, and the arts.

She worked for over 20 years as an assignment editor, producer, and senior producer at CBS News, CNN, and MSNBC on day-of-air, long-form, and special events programming. She received four Emmy Awards at CBS and shared a Peabody Award and a Headliner Award with her colleagues at CNN for coverage of the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

Since then, Karen has served a variety of advocacy, social service and educational organizations including the New York Women’s Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and the World Science Festival as a media trainer, presentation coach, and event producer.

She was recruited as the founding director of operations for a charter elementary school in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, supervising student recruitment, health, transportation, meal programs, security, and human resources. After that, she started an operations consultancy to help more schools across New York City develop effective systems to support student learning and improve staff performance.

Karen is the mother of a teenager who was born with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, and sesame, and later developed eosinophilic esophagitis, triggered by dairy. She is a longtime advocate for the needs of food allergy families in her community and in the schools where she works.

She graduated from Princeton University and received her coach training certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).